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AIR DATE: July 6, 2005

Commentator Jeff Burbank talks about the Clark County Legal Services Pro Bono Project. Note: A rebuttal of this piece was broadcast on June 11th, 2005. After review KNPR acknowledges that attorneys have very limited information prior to accepting a case on which to base their decisions about accepting a pro bono lawsuit. Jeff Burbank further stated that attorneys use their pro bono clients to charge the other side high legal fees, when in fact attorneys may only ask the presiding judge to award costs and fees when there is a legal basis to do so. These awards occur in only about 1% of the cases and they cover only a small fraction of the out of pocket costs of the attorney, according to Clark County Legal Services.
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